Bike News Roundup: The heartbreaking loss of a stolen bike

It’s the weekly roundup of bikeish news from around the city and globe. If you saw anything you’d like to share, please do so in the comments below.

First up, the beautiful story of a heartbreaking bike theft. Remember how someone stole Naomi’s bike a couple days ago? Well, she has been reunited with her wheels! In fact, the whole incident has already been made into dramatic reenactment (well, ok, not really):
bike ♥ from Rick Darge on Vimeo.

Sightline has more on the pedestrian safety information in SDOT’s 2010 Traffic Report.

P2P car share would be so awesome for everyone. Fewer parked cars, less money wasted on underused vehicles, more transportation options.

Cyclocross photos from Magnuson Park

A slow, wonderful slide into bike commuting.

A journalist in Toronto who wrote an anti-biking column a few months ago gave biking a shot and completely changed his tune. It’s all about shared experience. If you can’t imagine yourself biking, you can’t understand why people who bike do what they do. Once on the road, common bicycling behavior suddenly makes more sense.

If you are counting on your bicycle to get you through the American zombie apocalypse, you better start stockpiling bike parts in your bike shop bunker….

Portland’s Bicycle Transportation Alliance slightly changes it’s stance on helmet laws.

Taxis in San Francisco can now legally load and unload passengers in the bike lane.

Advocates for the disabled voice concerns about planned parking-separated bike lane in Golden Gate Park. This has not been a problem in other cities that have the lanes (though cities should always make extra sure they have not made the environment worse for people with access issues).

Bikes can save bridges.

Hello, Seattle Transit Riders Union. Official launch is 6 p.m. November 15 at 2100 24th Ave S.

The Ballard Bridge sucks for people walking and biking alike, but there’s no reason to lose it like this guy.

Sally Bagshaw says to lower the speed limits.

Should the bike industry donate more time and money to bicycle advocacy? After all, it’s in their best financial interest to fuel the national growth in cycling as much as they can.

Why do we subsidize driving so much?

Morning school drop-off is insane.

A new study shows that if people made even half of their short trips by bicycle instead of in a car, the midwest could save $3.8 billion in healthcare costs annually.

Cash for Clunkers did almost none of what it promised (though some people now have nice new cars).

Change gears with your mind on this prototype bicycle. I’d rather have a bike that did a wheelie whenever I thought about it…

A doctor had her bike stolen while she was attending to an injured motorcyclist.

SRAM is looking for $300 million in its initial public offering.

UPS hires 49 bikers for seasonal delivery in Portland. Any thing like this going on in Seattle? After all, isn’t that how UPS started?

Squeaky Wheels is advocating that some of the $2 million in a ferry settlement to Bainbridge should go to making the island safer for biking.

This is the most adorable baby blanket ever.

Seattle traffic volumes still falling.

Burien adopts complete streets policy.

Annotated photos of the MTS extension by VeloBusDriver.

Of course Portland has an annual blessing of the bicycles.

Reviewing bike routes like they were albums. I’d say the Burke-Gilman is like the Beach Boys’ SMiLE: It’s an incredible route with only a couple parts still missing…

This is an open thread.

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8 Responses to Bike News Roundup: The heartbreaking loss of a stolen bike

  1. Gary says:

    You know with today’s sunshine and the fall weather bicycle commuting is one of the best times of my day! No wonder that reporter for “The Star” got bitten by the commuting bug.

  2. Gary says:

    That UPS story is cool. The delivery by bicycle rate was very similar to that of the vans. I wonder if it’s because during Christmas there are so many packages that the locations are close together which makes a bicycle delivery as efficient as the van. The only drawback I could see is the packages are a bit more susceptible to theft out of the trailer, and the need for a giant tarp/bag to keep everything dry on rainy days. Both problems could be fixed with a lightweight cargo box. You don’t have to worry about it being broken into, just cut down the grab and run theft.

  3. Meghan says:

    Great roundup! Thanks for the nod to the blanket!

  4. Sean says:

    I remember getting a package delivered to my house in Ballard by a UPS delivery person who was cycling (with trailer) a couple years ago around the holidays. I called up UPS and paid them a compliment for contributing to cleaner air and a quieter neighborhood atmosphere. I hope this trend expands to be a year round occurence in Seattle and Portland–especially in dense neighborhoods where it really is just as fast as having a truck.

  5. naomi says:

    Hey thanks for the shout out, and for caring about one person’s stolen bike!
    Also Megan, stellar job on the blanket!

  6. Joe says:

    Meghan is a crafty gal. You should also check out the cute little kit she made for someone on the Starbucks/SCA race team:

    http://pedal-petal.blogspot.com/2011/05/jersey-for-youngest-member-of-team.html

  7. Doug Bostrom says:

    I wonder about a hybrid UPS system: bikes, bike drivers, bulk cargo hauled into a neighborhood by truck for distribution. But I suppose some variant of that is how it’s done now, come to think of it.

  8. Glad you got yer bike back, Naomi!!!

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